The European Union parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing the mass-murder of Armenians by Ottomoan Turkey in 1915 as a genocide.
The decision to recognize the genocide – which saw more than 1.5 million Christian Armenians perish at the hands of Muslim Turkish forces – is sure to enrage Turkey’s Islamist leadership, coming just days after the Pope similarly recognized it, comparing the Armenian Genocide to other atrocities including the Holocaust.
EU parliamentarians backed the motion, which stated that the “tragic events that took place in 1915-1917 against the Armenians in the territory of the Ottoman Empire represent a genocide,” according to Reuters.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian hailed the resolution, and said it sent an important message to Turkey – despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to ignore the vote even before it was held.
“The Resolution contains an important message to Turkey to use the commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide to come to terms with its past, to recognize the Armenian Genocide and thus pave the way for a genuine reconciliation between Turkish and Armenian peoples,” Nalbandian said in a statement.
Turkey denies the massacres amounted to a genocide, although it admits some killings of Armenians by Turkish forces did happen.
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